A banyan tree discovered in 1988 by freelance photographer ‘Regret Iyer’ and K.S. Ramakrishna of Bengaluru, in the Thimmamma Marrimanu village in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, has a canopy covering an area of 2.1 hectares (4.72 acres) and is believed to be more than 600 years old. It has over 1,100-odd prop roots!

•The other well-known senior tree is the 255-yearold Great Banyan at the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (earlier called the Indian Botanic Garden), near Kolkata. It has increased its girth by two acres in just over 30 years. The area covered by the tree is now 4-5 acres.

•The largest teak tree in India is in Thoonakkadavu in the Parambikulam Sanctuary, Kerala. Called the Kannimara teak tree, it branches out at 15 m (49.2 ft), has a girth of 6.32 m (20.8 ft) and is 42.5 m (139.4 ft) tall. It is estimated to be 375 years old.